Top Five 2017 Contemporaries I Want to Read

Hey y'all!It's three days into the camp season (in camp time: three months) and I have a moment to myself in the basement of our camp office. I've managed to find reading time at night -- shocker -- so I'm finally finishing up A Study in Charlotte. Review coming soon!Meanwhile, I'm diving back into Top Ten Tuesday, which I haven't done in ages. This week's prompt is particularly exciting considering that BookExpo America 2017 just happened in NYC (seeing everyone's Snapchats and Instagrams was depressing -- I miss my 2015 and 2012 experiences.) I've felt a little out of the loop on new releases, so I loved seeing everyone's hauls.Without further ado, here are some contemporary releases that I can't wait to read. I'm going to lump in books that are currently out as well, because there are plenty.

The Books

1. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed | Goodreads

I love books that provoke discussion and ask important questions, so I'm curious as to the thoughts that The Nowhere Girls will provoke. I want to see the points it makes. Challenges to teen girl culture, sexuality, consent, etc,.

2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner | Goodreads

I heard bloggers raving about this one last year, and never got around to buying it. Considering I've been looking lately for books that will knock my socks off, this seems like a great place to start. Also, Shine by Lauren Myracle was searing and this sounds like a similar vibe. Southern town, harsh religious standards, coming-of-age, etc,.

3. You Don't Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow | Goodreads

Considering I nearly cried while only reading the synopsis, I'd say this is a definite. The emotional toll of reading her birth mother's words, coupled with the confusion of new pregnancy? Wow. Also, the cast of characters sounds vibrant.

4. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro | Goodreads

It's tough to try and include this without accidentally reading spoilers to the first book, which I'm currently finishing. I'll talk more about this in my review, but the first book is sharp. Clever, endearing, and well-written.

5. The Breathless by Tara Goedjen | Goodreads

Although amnesia is a bit of a tired storyline, I am an atmosphere person by nature and so I could really dig this one. I'm itching for a dark, lush thriller. I need a good gothic since the paranormal genre has (mostly) died out -- and I still love them!

In the time it took me to write this blog post, I've been to woodworking and back -- still coughing up sawdust from helping the girls with the band saw -- but I'm off in a minute to go to dinner. So unfortunately I had to cut Top Ten Tuesday down to five, but I've just spent my off time browsing through Goodreads and found some upcoming releases I'm itching to share with y'all. Next time I get the chance, I'll be popping on the blog. But tonight's cabin adventure (my girls are making no-bake cookies and probably having a long friendship circle) and then I'll probably start another book tonight after finishing A Study in Charlotte. Busy, but in a good way!

What books are y'all looking forward to?

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